Resolution time: Diet and exercise to prevent stroke (Part 1)

I just uncovered 2 articles in my pile from the journal Stroke published in July of 2015 that seem just perfect for the beginning of a new year. They focus on the science behind benefit or healthy diet and exercise as part of stroke prevention strategy. The first article is called Diet and Stroke: Recent Evidence Supporting […]

Mortality after bleeding in the head.

The old mainstay for prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, warfarin (or Coumadin) may be further pushed aside by newer options based on the findings of a study published in the journal Stroke this month. Warfarin is a difficult drug because it requires frequent monitoring due to poor predictability of effect.  As with […]

SSRIs and risk of brain hemorrhage – some encouraging data.

Mention risk of bleeding with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications and many doctors will look at you quizzically.  I don’t think it’s well-known.  There is an association with gastrointestinal bleeding in particular:  SSRI medications (like aspirin) lower effectiveness of platelets and also increase stomach acid. There has been a question as to whether SSRI’s […]

Are men and women treated differently after brain hemorrhage?

An intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is one of the most serious problems that humans face.  An ICH is when a small vessel inside the brain ruptures and leaks blood into the brain substance.  The person suffering from an ICH experiences what looks like a stroke with a sudden body malfunction like weakness or trouble speaking, often […]